Information for Incoming Students and their Parents

Welcome to Vanderbilt and to the website of the Psychological and Counseling Center (PCC)

The PCC provides mental health services targeting education, prevention, assessment, and treatment.  We encourage students to be proactive in their health care, both mental health and physical health. Many of our students come to campus with a history of mental health needs while in high school. This may include therapy to support the student during times of crisis or transition as well as students with ongoing mental health needs. This may also include students with conditions that require pharmacologic treatment.

Transition to college can be both exciting and stressful. Preparation for transition can ease the stress. Having an identified support system is a key aspect of preparation. We encourage all students with identified mental health needs in high school to initiate contact with the PCC prior to the start of classes in order to have an appointment scheduled when you arrive on campus. This will enable you to establish a team of professionals who can be available to support you as you adjust to Vanderbilt.

If you are on medication and plan to have prescriptions managed by the PCC you should schedule an appointment with one of our medical providers in order to have an identified medical provider when you arrive on campus. Please bring with you any test reports necessary to facilitate your care. Specific information on ADHD may be found here. If you have questions about your mental health needs we encourage you to call the PCC at 615-322-2571 and request to talk with Dr. Adriana Kipper-Smith or Dr. Paula Nunn to discuss planning for services when you get to campus. 

Students: We encourage you to review our services here.

Parents: We encourage you to review information here.

We look forward to working with you.

Adriana Kipper-Smith, Ph.D.